About the Book
Book: Refuge of Grace: Finding Your Safe Place
Author: Tracy L. Smoak
Release Date: September, 2023
“This book is a life-saving manual meant for any soul who has bottomed out and can only look up for help.”
— George Firehammer
Need a stronger connection with God? A safe place?
Anyone hoping for straight talk to bring Jesus close will find refreshment in Refuge of Grace. Learn from a fresh look at 22 little-told Bible passages via Tracy L. Smoak’s engaging storytelling and vivid imagery.
These scriptures offer true comfort in your everyday struggles. From hearing Gomer’s perspective about shame to imagining Jesus arriving in a Rolls Royce for the family reunion, you will know God’s working on your behalf-right now.
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About the Author
A native Floridian, Tracy L. Smoak grew up riding horses and climbing citrus trees. Her passion is to encourage others in their faith journey. Smoak writes for Guideposts. Ambassador International released her debut novel, Who Brought the Dog to Church?. Bold Vision published her Bible study about encouragement titled Refuge of Grace: Finding Your Safe Place.
She loves photography and authored two hardcover devotionals with her original nature art (Living Water to Refresh Your Soul – tranquil lake scenes; and Arranged with Love– floral landscapes).
Smoak holds a master’s in Education and a bachelor’s in Communication. At her church home, she leads small-group Bible studies. She is an active member of Word Weavers International.
More from Tracy
When life knocks you down, where do you go for hope?
We all want to be brave, but sometimes circumstances overwhelm us. Health declines, bank accounts empty, and friends disappear. No matter the disappointments, one absolute certainty we can count on is God. He will stand with us through every adversity.
Ideas for Refuge of Grace: Finding Your Safe Place began at 3 a.m. on a January workday in 2021. I tossed and turned in bed, wondering how I could continue teaching in a public school under all the pandemic constraints. We wore masks, developed lesson plans for both in-class instruction and online modules, and juggled a revolving door of student quarantines with absences.
Fear surrounded us on all sides.
Others also struggled. My older son managed an emergency department in a large city and had to find ways to supply unprecedented needs. My younger son worked in the financial industry and watched markets reel. Neighbors lost jobs and income.
How could we model resilience and move forward?
I turned to the Bible for inspiration and studied stories about how believers overcame hardship. Six months and 22 chapters later—all the while teaching full time—this collection renewed hope and kept me going.
My prayer is that reading these Bible promises of God’s faithfulness also will empower you.
Interview with the Author
How did writing this book grow you spiritually?
When I started writing, I had no formal outline. The idea for each chapter emerged from daily experiences where God invited me to study a certain Bible passage and trust Him for outcomes in my life at the time. For example, the chapter “An Alligator on the Sidewalk” began with a real critter in my front yard. In the six months that it took to write the collection of devotions, I personally experienced each topic while seeking encouragement to walk out difficult times. I learned I am secure with God—no matter how much chaos may surround me.
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love nature art and going on “photography safaris” to find beauty. These are included in short reels with devotions at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KR32hDLUk10&list=PLf6ZzeQjavMepIwbx7p1VRWzmnvutq99l&index=13.
Share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
Though I love to eat good food, I don’t care to cook, unless it’s winter and I can bake chocolate chip cookies.
What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
I love the bluntness of Charles Colson and the tenderness of Max Lucado.
The very first Bible verse I ever learned came from Jesus in Matthew 7:7 NIV:
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”
This statement reassures that when we search for God and need answers about life, He will provide all we need to keep moving forward and growing in faith.
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To celebrate her tour, Tracy is giving away the grand prize package of a paperback copy each of Who Brought the Dog to Church? and Refuge of Grace: Finding Your Safe Place!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.